WORK on a fantastic new Dunoon Primary School is about to get under way.
Argyll and Bute Council has this week signed a contract for the work with project partners hubNorth Scotland Ltd and Morrison Construction.
The project will see a major refurbishment of the historic Victorian building as well as the building of a brand new wing.
Work will start this month and is scheduled for completion in spring 2019.
The new Dunoon Primary School will include:
· Capacity for up to 300 pupils and 30 early learning and childcare places
· Refurbishment of the existing west wing (phase one)
· Demolition of the current east wing (phase two)
· Construction of a new east wing with family centre, gym hall, library, early learning and childcare centre, and staff accommodation
· Link between the refurbished west wing and new east wing with feature staircase.
Approximately £10 million is being invested in the school, with half coming from the Council and the remainder coming in support from the Scottish Government.
The school will remain open during the refurbishment and building work.
From the start of term early learning pupils will join Kirn Primary early years children at their centre at Dunoon Grammar. After the October school holidays all the early learning children will move to the new centre being built as part of the new Kirn Primary. They will remain there until the new Dunoon Primary is built.
ESCAPE – East Cowal After School Care Project – will move temporarily to the Guide Hall, Dunoon, where some agreed works have been undertaken to accommodate them.
Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, said: “I am delighted that we are now able to take this massive step forward with our plans for Dunoon Primary School.
“It is the Council’s ambition to make Argyll and Bute a place people choose to live, learn, work and do business and very much part of that vision is making sure your youngest residents have the very best start in life.
“Getting the Dunoon Primary project off the ground is another major milestone in our commitment to delivering new schools fit for the 21st century.
“I look forward to seeing the new building take shape over the months to come. Along with our forthcoming new school at Kirn, plus the replacement Campbeltown Grammar and Oban High, it’s an exciting time for the provision of first-class education in Argyll and Bute.”
The school community will be kept updated on progress during the works by the Council’s schools redevelopment team.